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Backtracking: In Our Times : Roots planted in 1956 for future of Otsego Lake landmark

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A new era was about to begin for a big stretch of property on the northern end of Otsego Lake in September 1956.

As The Oneonta Star reported on Sept. 19, “The ancestral 1,200-acre estate of the Hyde-Clarke family, pioneers in the life of Otsego County, has been marked for sale under direction of surviving members of the family.

“The estate borders nearly one mile … and contains four farms besides the stone mansion known as Hyde Hall.

“The hall, considered a masterpiece of colonial architecture, was constructed in sections from 1811 to 1833. Also included in the estate are extensive crops, farm lands and forest.”

It appeared that the overall maintenance of Hyde Hall alone, and the cost needed for restoration of the mansion were key factors in the decision for the sale of the estate.

The asking price wasn’t published, but one could likely guess a person or organization of average means couldn’t afford it.

It didn’t take long for an interested party to emerge however, as The Star reported on Sept. 23, “A state agency is investigating the possible purchase of the extensive George Hyde-Clarke estate … it was........

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